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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Prevention Research Center

Revising and Testing CDC’s Common Community Measures for Obesity Prevention (COCOMO) Strategies and Suggested Measurements for Applicability to Rural Settings

Investigators: Alice Ammerman, Dr.P.H., Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MDIV, & Stephanie Jilcott Pitts, Ph.D.
Project Manager: Larissa Calancie

Project Description:
As a collaborating center in NOPREN, the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) at UNC Chapel Hill is conducting a research project to revise Common Community Measures for Obesity Prevention (COCOMO) strategies to be more applicable to rural settings. COCOMO is among the most widely used set of evidence‐based environmental and policy strategies for obesity prevention in community settings. We will also continue our leadership role with the Food Policy Council (FPC) Working Group, with the goal of conducting and analyzing a national survey to better understand FPCs and their impact.

The Project aims to:

Revise the COCOMO Recommended Strategies, and Suggested Measurements for greater applicability to rural areas by conducting a mixed‐methods review of the literature, and identifying additional suggested measurements (e.g., from Community Commons) to evaluate the processes and outcomes of implementing COCOMO strategies in both rural and urban locales.

Create a rural‐revised COCOMO Assessment and administer it along with the original (urban‐based) COCOMO Assessment in partnership with NOPREN sites to (i) assess feasibility of the original and rural‐revised COCOMO Recommended Strategies, and (ii) identify policy strategies selected by stakeholders as most and least feasible. We also hope to collaborate with PAPRN to revise the physical activity‐based strategies.

Disseminate the rural‐revised COCOMO Recommended Strategies, Suggested Measurements, and Assessment findings to NOPREN and PAPRN affiliated public health departments working on local environmental and policy change initiatives.

Terms of Use

NOPREN Project Period: 2011-2014 NOPREN is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under cooperative agreement number 1-U48-DP-001946.  The findings and conclusions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent that official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.